NEW ORLEANS, LA— Today, NOLA Youth Works presented its “Success Series” to wrap up the City of New Orleans summer jobs program for local youth. NOLA Youth Works provides opportunities for youth to gain useful life skills through job training and hands on experience.
This year, over 2,100 young people participated in the summer employment program. The Success Series marked the close of this year’s summer jobs program and immersed youth in a professional environment and allowed them to participate in workshops geared to promote personal and professional development.
“Creating meaningful summer opportunities for all of our youth is a top priority for our administration,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “ We have been successful this summer in doing just that and have invested a great amount of time, funds and resources in our young people by introducing them to professional environments that have allowed them to learn and grow and become better prepared to be engaged and empowered citizens.”
The revamped program, managed by JOB 1, provided quality summer opportunities to teenage youth (ages 14-21) that cultivates a career-ready workforce by providing meaningful skill-building support, career exploration and access to entry level jobs in high-demand industries. Mayor Landrieu increased funding from previous summer jobs programs from $1 million in 2010 serving 1,000 youth to $2.7 million in 2011 and 2012. All programs ranged from 6-7 weeks.
“Investing in our youth is critical,” said Nadiyah Coleman, City of New Orleans Director of Workforce Development. “This program will have a long term impact on the young men and women who are involved. There is nothing that can replace real life experience that gives young people a solid foundation to build a career.”
The NOLA Youth Works program focused on providing summer experiences that build pipelines to careers for local youth. Many of the program's participants earn the opportunity to gain full time employment through the summer employment program. Melanie Parent, a recent graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., has participated in JOB 1 for a number of years. Melanie interned at FFC Capital Management this summer and has been offered a full-time job with the company.
"It worked out wonderfully and I couldn’t ask for anything better," Parent said. "They helped me to grow and learn. The Mayor’s summer youth employment program started me in the right direction and provided me with great insight. They saw my potential and gave me the opportunity to gain real world experience and to sharpen my skills."
The NOLA Youth Works summer employment program provided job and internship opportunities through nearly 300 public and private sector employers. The success of this year’s program highlights the Landrieu administration’s focus on New Orleans’ youth and the importance of workforce development.